After four years of planning, investment and design details, Whiting is now the official home of the $18 million Mascot Hall of Fame Museum.
“The official name is the Mascot Hall of Fame Interactive Children’s Museum, but we’ve created a destination with an appeal and interest for all ages,” said Whiting Mayor Joe Stahura, who helped with unofficial preview tours of the property last week. The facility officially opens at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
“After spending so much time deciding what we wanted this development to be, we made sure we did this place up right,” he said. “Even the 300-car parking lot was a $2 million investment.”
The result is a 25,000-square-foot, three-story state-of-the-art interactive exhibit museum at 1851 Front St. not far from Whiting’s lakefront. Stahura said besides drawing people and educational opportunities, there is another museum mission: to further brand Whiting as a national destination throughout the year, with hopes of the same promotional cache as the annual July weekend Pierogi Festival’s uncanny history of national exposure and big revenue.
“We first began talking about a major property investment about six years ago,” Stahura said.